In this annoyingly wholesome dog-sled movie, huskies mush through a frozen wasteland of Horatio Alger cliches and Capra-corn direction. So pleased is this film with its own sanctimony that children forced to sit through it may end up joining gangs, defacing the walls at Bible school, and
questioning their parents' sincerity.
When his dad drowns around the time of WWI, teenaged Will Stoneman (MacKenzie Astin) needs to raise money to save the family home. Putting his college plans on hold, he enters a grueling 500-mile dog-sled race between Winnipeg and St. Paul; the competition, sponsored by capitalist legend J.P.
Harper (David Ogden Stiers), offers a $10,000 ...